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Who will win the men’s 400m?

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 8:00 AM
Jamaica's Rusheen McDonald (right) competes during the men's 400 metres heats at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, China, yesterday. McDonald clocked 43.96 seconds, a national record.

Andre: Event?

'KC' Graham: Congrats, first, on your call about Gatlin tightening up. You were perfect.

Andre: Thank you, Sir.

Andre: He gave it away.

Andre: Not used to that kinda pressure.

KC: Men's 400m.

Andre: Tough one.

Andre: Ok, you start.

KC: What a start to the men's 400 metres, amazing and unbelievable running in the first round. Can this continue all the way to the final, and who will come out on top here?

Andre: It might, but surely those who ran sub-44 in the heats cannot find that sort of time again in the next round. There is so much talent in this 400m field, anything can happen - almost.

KC: Before going further, I would just like to highlight the massive PR and national record done by Rusheen McDonald, as this is truly unbelievable.

Andre: Amazing ... . I never saw that coming. At least, not at this point. But did he run too fast too soon. And how can this affect his ambitions to make the final?

KC: I think that it will surely affect those guys who ran in that second heat, where two ran sub-44 and three did sub-45. This is crazy running, and it will be interesting to see how many of them from this heat advance to the final, after going into a different threshold.

Andre: We've seen a lot of good running all season from folks like Van Niekerk, Makwala and others, but despite their improvements, the class-athlete here is Kirani James, and I think he's desperate to make up for Moscow and will win comfortably here.

KC: He did win his heat quite easily, along with Merritt and Van Niekerk. However, I was most impressed with Van Niekerk running out of lane nine. Both Bromwell and DeGrass, who medalled in the 100 metres, have shown that experience will be no factor at these Championships, as once you come with your A-game, anything can happen and Van Vanierk has beaten James already this season, and this could play on the mind of James.

Andre: I have been told that James is in super shape and is focused on a big performance here... . That's all I need to hear. James for the win, with a strong time of 43.6

KC: After losing to the South African in his only defeat this season, I think he will want to show that that was just a one-off thing and will be eager to put things right when they meet again. He will start as favourite, but Van Niekerk cannot be taken lightly. And do not write off Merritt, who would have been waiting all season for this moment.